A FIVE-WICKET haul by Vaibhav (5 for 37) guided BTM Warriors to a 31-run win over Minerva Cricket Academy and enter the finals of the 23rd All India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament played at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
After Minerva Cricket Academy won the toss and elected to field first, BTM Warriors posted a total of 196 runs in 46 overs. At one time, Minerva had lost six wickets for 77 runs in 23 overs but Gaurav Puri and Karanvir Singh stitched together a 98-run partnership for the seventh wicket in 18 overs. Puri was the top scorer for the team as he played a knock of 71 runs off 82 balls.
Puri smashed eight boundaries and three sixes during his stay at the crease. Singh played a knock of 49 runs off 77 balls. For Minerva Cricket Academy, Sarul Kanwar was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed five wickets for 23 runs. Manish Shehrawat claimed four wickets for 27 runs.
Chasing the target, Minerva Cricket Academy were bundled out for a total of 161 runs in 29.5 overs. Mohit Ahlawat was the top scorer for the team as he played a knock of 67 runs off 70 balls. Ahlawat smashed six boundaries and four sixes during his knock. Ankit Dabas contributed 48 runs off 65 balls. For the winning team, Vaibhav claimed five wickets for 37 runs while Varun Khana grabbed three wickets for 27 runs. Jaskaran Bhuttar claimed two wickets for 31 runs.
In the other semi-final played at IS Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali, ONGC Delhi scored a 56-run win over Reliance One, Mumbai. Batting first, ONGC posted a total of 271 in 49.5 overs. Prashant Bhandhari played a superb knock of 96 runs off 112 balls. Bhandari smashed 10 boundaries during his stay at the crease. Tanmay Srivastav contributed 46 runs off 55 balls as he smashed five boundaries during his knock. For Reliance One, medium-pacer Baltej Singh claimed four wickets while Abhishek Sharma grabbed two wickets for 52 runs.
In reply, Reliance One were bundled out for a total of 250 in 44 overs. Apoorav Wankhede was the top scorer of the team as he played a knock of 78 runs off 80 balls. Wankhede smashed eight boundaries and one six. Yogesh Nagar too played a valiant knock of 74 runs off 73 balls as he hit five boundaries and three sixes.